Monday, June 23, 2008

Technologically challenged

I'm always the last to buy the newest technology (which no longer holds that title by the time I get it). I like to think it's because I'm waiting for the price to go down and the manufacturer to work out all the kinks. But really, I don't have any real interest in technology until my friends show me by example that I'm not fulling living without newest thing. I didn't get my first cell phone until something like 2004. My friends congratulated me by saying, "Welcome to the 90's!" So it should be no shock to anyone that I just recently bought my first ipod.

Once I figured out how to work the thing (for the most part), I started to really enjoy it. I mean, if I like a song, I don't have to buy the whole album - I can just download it, listen to it one hundred times and get sick of it! At a much faster rate than before. But I have a question about the ipod, and it's kind of embarrassing. The earpieces say "L" and "R" on them. Do I really have to match those up with the corresponding ears? They look like they're the exact same shape! They don't seem to be molded at all to fit to the ear they correspond to. But now I'm nervous - what if I put the L in my R ear!? Not only might they not fit right, but maybe I'm cross contaminating? Maybe my left ear is diseased and I'll pass that on to my up-till-now healthy right ear.

I dunno, maybe I should just find my old walkman. Those earpieces were so simple (until the padding came off). I recently looked through an old box of tapes I have saved that I have no way of listening to (until I find that walkman). And let me tell you, it would be a shame to never listen to them again! I had some awesome tapes. Well, tape singles. Millie Vanilli, Vanilla Ice, and Richard Marx, to name a few.

Well, if I can't find my walkman, I guess I could just upload some of those classics from itunes. I think I'll just play it safe and make sure I put the L earpiece in my L ear. I'm not taking any chances.


Angela said...

you're freaking hilarious. If you need to listen to some tapes, you can always go for a ride with me in my car. that's right, still cassette taping it in that bad boy! anyway... this is a comment also to let you know that you are IT. That's right, I've passed my TAG on to you. Check out my latest blog post for the rules... Later, gator!

Katherine said...

I hate to break it to you, E, but some of the Old-School Headphones also have L and R on them. Though they're usually shaped so they only fit your head one way, so it's much easier to figure out. Hope your ears don't get contaminated. I'm gonna go listen to my Phonograph now. No complicated Ls and Rs for me!
Oh, and if you're downloading Old School, you should really revisit some true Classic Cassetts like Poison and Warrant. I remember THOSE tapes! They were SO rad!

Elizabeth Downie said...

Yeah, I didn't want to mention Poison or Warrant....but how could I forget!?

Sarah "Fran-pom" said...

Leave it to me to be the biggest geek ever, but I'm thinking that the music is often recorded in surround sound, so if you have the ear buds in the proper ear, you'll get the more authentic sound, as it was intended to be heard. :)

By the way, I totally "borrowed without asking" my brother's old boom box to listen to tapes, and they are rapidly deteriorating in quality, so you better get around to enjoy your moments of nostalgia EL PRONTO! :)

Dallan said...

I have a sweet Nelson tape you can borrow.

PS Don't listen to Katherine of Sarah; the L and R serve no purpose. My parents tried to convince me a few years ago that there's socks are designed as either left or right, but not both. I believed them and am still paying for it.

Sarah :) said...

Wouldn't you know that someone else out there has the same issues with both earbuds AND socks!

Elizabeth Downie said...

That is so funny! I'm glad I'm not the only one who obsesses about this.

As for the socks.... I don't need one more thing to worry about ;)

Oh, and I think I already have that Nelson tape! But thanks! haha